Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Horsing Around


Now, I’m really not the type of person who gets ‘cruel and unusual’ too very often; but I get a call from some random person – pimping me a horse, and I just couldn’t resist.

There I am making my bunch of calls for the day, business and otherwise; when I answer a caller who tells me “aapka ghoda tayaar hai” (your horse is ready). Much to my own amusement, I actually dived right into the conversation; to find out that I’d ordered a horse – supposedly for a wedding, that it would be decorated with white satin and come with it’s own fodder and handler. On enquiring whether the groom would also clean up behind the horse should it decide to ‘do it’s thing’, I was assured that it could be arranged by harnessing the additional services of a ‘helper’ (I assume the horse’d need a hand in doing what it had to do).

On further interrogation (of a now slightly weary ‘horse pimp’), it seems that the horse – a brown one, could be exchanged for a white one or even a grey one; ‘no all out of black horses’, said the man.

Finally, figuring I’d not get much more joy out of the random caller, I finally told him I’d not ordered a horse; but I did assure him that I would reach him if I required the ‘services’ of any of his horses at any point in time.

If you need a brain break while at work, cross your fingers and hope someone like this gives you a call.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Six Sacred Stones


This note's not meant to reveal a plot, so if you're looking for a story line, this isn't it. Reilly's always managed to churn out a page turner. When I walked into the bookstore the day before and saw the new Reilly book - 'Six Sacred Stones', on the 'just in' shelf; I really didn't think twice about picking it up - since each of his books have always been a fantastic read. This one was no exception. However, I'd be making a gross understatement if I said, 'its a bit of a let-down'.

After sitting eight hours and doing a cover to cover; and, by the time I'd burned through three quarters of the book, I started to get a sinking feeling about the end. The only complaint I have about the 'Six Sacred Stones', is that it covers only one third of the built up plot.

It's like Mathew created this fantastic plot and commenced his writing. Then, 6 months into the manuscript and a few hundred pages later, when he'd got well into the plot, every page driving the reader on towards the next - he gets a call from his editor - who tells him, "buddy, if your book's not in within the week, our contract stands canceled".

There's a lot more to come and it's disappointing that you find out only when you get well into the plot. Really quite a shame, because now the waiting game begins - will he churn out the next part of the book fast enough for 'me' to remember the plot...??!! Will e even have the initiative to create another part or will he just leave this book in flux...??!!

I'd never say - don't buy the book; any Reilly read is better than no read at all - however, be forewarned that you're going to be left wanting for more. (Withdrawal symptoms from a high adrenaline packed novel without the next fix guaranteed)

Rashid Ahmed, Bombay, India
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

First Post

Here's to a few lines of text every so often
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